Queen, Metallica go online for fans in self-isolation

Queen guitarist Brian May and Metallica’s James Hetfield have both announced online initiatives for self-isolated fans. (AFP pic)

With fans stuck at home due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, musicians are finding creative ways to keep them entertained from home.

In an effort to ease quarantine boredom, Queen have compiled a wealth of “Don’t Stop Us Now!” online resources dedicated to the band.

“During these tough and trying times across the Globe, it may well be the case that you have more time on your hands and will be spending a lot more time online – so between staying safe and looking out for loved ones, we are sure you will need something uplifting to raise your spirits, a Queen anthem here and there might well help!” Adam Lambert and his bandmates wrote on their official website.

The initiative gives access to all sorts of Queen-related channels and activities, including Roger Taylor’s “Self-Isolation Drum Lessons” and Brian May’s daily “Micro Concerts” from his living room.

Fans will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge on Queen with a series of quizzes, podcasts and features about the iconic rock act.

Among them are the latest instalment of the “Finding Freddie” podcast, “Episode 4 – Making Barcelona Part 1,” in which composer Mike Moran discusses the genesis of the collaboration between former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and late Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé.

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Meanwhile, Metallica have launched a new online series, “#Metallica Mondays,” during which they post videos of full concerts on their YouTube channel and Facebook page every week.

“While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favourite shows at a socially responsible distance?

“Not to sound too cheesy, but now more than ever, we’re in this together, and staying connected is how we’ll get through it.

“With that in mind, we’re bringing a series of Live Metallica shows right to your couch!” the heavy metal veterans wrote in their announcement post.

The online series kicked off this past Monday, March 23 with the complete video of their live performance at Slane Castle, Ireland, last June.

At the time, Metallica played 18 songs over the course of two and a half hours, such as fan favorites like “Ride the Lightning,” “Spit Out the Bone,” as well as a rendition of Irish rockers Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar.”

As more than one billion people have been asked to stay home in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Metallica also announced that their South American spring tour has been postponed to December.

“We’re all putting safety first, self-isolating and socially distancing, but not forever! With that said, the South American shows originally planned for April are in the process of moving to December, Greta Van Fleet is going to stay on board to take this ride with us, and we’ll be hitting each and every city, but a few venues may have changed,” they explained across social media.

New dates as well as details about tickets and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.